Internship Vacancy: Stockholm Environmental Institute

Key information

Organisation: Stockholm Environmental Institute
Role: Intern for SEI’s Fossil Fuel and Climate Change Initiative
Location: Oxford
Reference ID: 39035
Salary Description: £250 per week
Flexible Start Date: 26 June 2017
Internship Duration: 8-12 weeks (Flexible Duration)

Organisation/Company Description

Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) is an independent, international research institute founded in 1989. Its mission is to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development. SEI is ranked as the second most influential environment think tank in the world in the Global Go To Think Tank Report, compiled by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. SEI has about 220 employees in seven centres around the world.

SEI Oxford, a UK based, not for profit centre and subsidiary of the SEI Foundation, has specific expertise working on bridging climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction; systematised knowledge exchange and learning; adaptation decision support; institutional strengthening; knowledge brokering and learning; capacity building; transparency of climate action and finance; institutional complexity in climate governance; policy analysis with an EU focus; climate and trade and energy innovation policies. SEI Oxford has a reputation for working at the interface between the natural and social sciences, undertaking research, and developing tools and methods of analysis to directly support the decisions and operational work of partner and donor organisations with an emphasis on the co-creation of knowledge. The scale of analysis and audiences is broad: from institutional engagement to user engagement and from policy analysis and impact to practitioners and communities.


Project Details

The SEI Initiative on Fossil Fuel Development and Climate Change Mitigation creates a platform for high-quality, timely, and policy-relevant research and communications on various facets of fossil fuel development and their implications for climate change mitigation and development.

There is a growing recognition that if we are to avoid dangerous climate change, most fossil fuel reserves will need to be left in the ground. Achieving this outcome, however, will be a daunting challenge. For many countries, fossil fuel extraction and trade are central to energy security and economic development. There is also limited knowledge about climate-related policy interventions that might affect future patterns of fossil-fuel production. Climate policy-makers, both at the domestic and international levels, have focused almost exclusively on curtailing demand for fossil fuels energy, with scant attention, until recently, to the supply side. Research by SEI and others suggests that, for economic and political reasons, effective climate change mitigation requires both demand- and supply-oriented approaches. We need to better understand how the institutions, investments and infrastructure that support fossil fuel production can lock in dependence on fossil fuels, and identify strategies to help societies move away from such dependency. Such insights can help policy-makers, international organizations, businesses and civil society to develop more effective climate strategies.

Information on the initiative can be found here.

The objective of the internship is to provide research support to SEI’s Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate Change. Specifically, the intern will be expected to carry out one or several of the following tasks:

  1. An analysis of the climate and energy policy plans of fossil-fuel producing countries. The analyses should systematically document any assumptions made about the projected production of fossil fuels, and any measures that specifically address fossil fuel production in any national climate and energy policy plans (e.g. nationally determined contributions to the UNFCCC, or long-term decarbonisation plans).
  2. A review of available academic and non-academic literature containing information on the financing of fossil fuel production through public sources of finance, including through development banks (e.g. World Bank, Asian Development Bank) and export credit agencies (e.g. the Japan Bank for International Cooperation), documenting any measures taken by the organisations to shift away from fossil fuel production.

Applicant Profile

Required qualifications and skills:

  • MSc level in environmental or social sciences
  • Proficient in English
  • Works well in teams and independently
  • Pro-active and responsible
  • Good at multi-tasking
  • Excellent communicator
  • Fast learner (e.g. applying new tools and methods)
  • Good writing skills (especially with regards to scientific and policy-oriented literature)
  • Excellent IT skills

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This internship has been facilitated by the Environmental Change Institute.

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